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Jeff Demps and Tony McQuay in their respective relays on Friday (US Presswire)

Friday August 10, 2012McQuay and U.S. 4x4 Earn Silver as Demps and 4x1 Break American Record

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Jeff Demps and Tony McQuay in their respective relays on Friday (US Presswire)

Gators Tony McQuay (U.S.A.) and Jeff Demps (U.S.A.) turned in record-setting performances as members of American relays on Friday at Olympic Stadium.

 

McQuay ran the third leg of the menís 4x400-meter relay for Team USA, finishing in a seasonís best 2:57.05 to take home the silver medal for the Red, White and Blue. McQuay earned the Gatorsí 19th medal of these games and the fourth medal for the track & field program at the 2012 London Olympics.

 

ďI did my job for the day,Ē McQuay said. ďIím disappointed it wasnít enough. The outcome is not what we wanted, our mission was gold. We got silver, but we have to be blessed with our opportunity today, because a lot of people donít have this opportunity, and God selected us four people to come out here and run this relay.Ē

 

Demps ran the opening leg of the menís 4x100-meter relay for Team USA, setting a new American record of 37.38 and earning the top spot in the preliminaries. The U.S. will race in lane 7 on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. The relay lineup will be announced pre-race.

 

ďI just wanted to come out and have fun and enjoy the moment,Ē Demps said. ďThere was no pressure, I was just excited.Ē

 

The previous U.S. record was 37.40, first run by Michael Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Dennis Mitchell and Carl Lewis at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.  At that time, the performance was a world record. The time was then matched at the 1993 World Championships by Jon Drummond, Andre Cason, Mitchell and Burrell.

 

Saturday is the final day of competition for the Gators, as Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica) is part of the womenís 4x400-meter relay pool for Jamaica. If chosen, she will race at 3:25 p.m. ET. If chosen for the finals of the menís 4x100-meter relay, Demps will race at 4 p.m. ET.

 

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FLORIDA TRACK & FIELD MEDAL COUNT

NAME

COUNTRY

EVENT

MEDAL

Will Claye

U.S.A.

Menís Long Jump

Bronze

Will Claye

U.S.A.

Menís Triple Jump

Silver

Christian Taylor

U.S.A.

Menís Triple Jump

Gold

Tony McQuay

U.S.A.

Menís 4x4 Relay

Silver

 

GATORS AT THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES Ė TRACK & FIELD

Gator Athlete

Country

Time (ET)

Round and Event

Result

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2012

Kemal Mesic

Bosnia

5:00 AM

Qualification: Shot Put

12th in flight (24th overall), 19.60m/64-3.75, did not advance to final

Kerron Clement

U.S.A.

6:15 AM

Round 1: 400m Hurdles

2nd in heat (2nd overall), seasonís best 48.48, advanced to semifinal

Novlene Williams-Mills

Jamaica

7:00 AM

Round 1: 400m

1st in heat (6th overall), 50.88, advanced to semifinal

Will Claye

U.S.A.

2:50 PM

Qualification: Long Jump

6th in flight (8th overall), 7.99m/26-2.75, advanced to final

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2012

Tony McQuay

U.S.A.

5:35 AM

Round 1: 400m

2nd in his heat (18th overall), 45.48, advances to semifinals

Genevieve LaCaze

Australia

6:35 AM

Round 1: 3,000m Steeplechase

9th in her heat (22nd overall), 9:37.90 (PR), did not advance to final

Kerron Clement

U.S.A.

2:00 PM

Semifinals: 400m Hurdles

3rd in his heat (5th overall), 48.12 (SB), advances to final

Will Claye

U.S.A.

2:55 PM

Final: Long Jump

WON BRONZE MEDAL, 8.12m/26-7.75

Novlene Williams-Mills

Jamaica

3:05 PM

Semifinals: 400m

3rd in her heat (3rd overall), 49.91, advances to final

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2012

Tony McQuay

U.S.A.

3:40 PM

Semifinals: 400m

4th in heat 2 (45.31); did not advance to final

Novlene Williams-Mills

Jamaica

4:10 PM

Final: 400m

5th place, 50.11

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012

Moise Joseph

Haiti

5:50 AM

Round 1: 800m

6th in heat (36th overall), 1:48.46, did not advance to semifinal

Kerron Clement

U.S.A.

3:45 PM

Final: 400m Hurdles

Finished 8th in final, 49.15

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012

Will Claye

U.S.A.

5:45 AM

Qualification: Triple Jump

4th in flight (7th overall), 16.87m/55-4.25 (-0.2), advances to final

Christian Taylor

U.S.A.

5:45 AM

Qualification: Triple Jump

1st in flight (1st overall), 17.21m/56-5.75 (+0.2), advances to final

Shara Proctor

Great Britain

2:05 PM

Qualification: Long Jump

1st in flight (1st overall), 6.83m/22-5 (-0.2), advances to final

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012

Shara Proctor

Great Britain

3:05 PM

Final: Long Jump

Finished 9th, 6.55m/21-6 (+0.2)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012

Tony McQuay

U.S.A.

6:35 AM

Round 1: 4x400m Relay

2nd in heat (2nd overall), 2:58.87 (43.65 split), advances to final

Will Claye

U.S.A.

2:20 PM

Final: Triple Jump

WON SILVER MEDAL, 17.62m/57-9.75 (+0.6)

Christian Taylor

U.S.A.

2:20 PM

Final: Triple Jump

WON GOLD MEDAL, 17.81m/58-5.25 (+0.6)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012

Jeff Demps

U.S.A.

2:45 PM

Round 1: 4x100m Relay

Finished 1st, 37.38 (new American record), advances to final

Tony McQuay

U.S.A.

4:20 PM

Final: 4x400m Relay

WON SILVER MEDAL, 2:57.05 (seasonís best)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2012

Novlene Williams-Mills

Jamaica

3:25 PM

Final: 4x400m Relay

Jeff Demps

U.S.A.

4:00 PM

Final: 4x100m Relay

Semifinal Ė Contingent Upon Advancing from Round 1

Final Ė Contingent Upon Advancing from Qualification or Semifinal

 

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